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“This is the restaurant locals go to. You won't be disappointed.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Istanbul

Istanbul
H1, 14 | Am Marktplatz, 68159 Mannheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
+49(0)621 20888
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Ranked #36 of 450 Restaurants in Mannheim
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
San Mateo, California
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“This is the restaurant locals go to. You won't be disappointed.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

When I walked up to Istanbul and saw a line out the door with local Turks, I knew this was going to be worth the wait. Waited about 30 min to get seated, but went fast. No English menus, but the waiter understood when I explained what I wanted. Food came out fast and hot. If you are looking for a great shawarma plate this hit the spot.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • Arabic first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Turkish first
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English first
New York City, New York
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“Meat, meat and more meat!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

The first stop for meat and more meat is Mannheim's Istanbul restaurant. Actually, everything tastes incredibly good. It smells strongly of barbecue and meat - sit outside!

Sometimes you have to wait a bit, so just chill out in the sun and wait for traditional Turkish food!

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“The Place to eat Turkish food in Mannheim”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Whats great about mannheim is the large turkish community it means that the Turkish Food in Mannheim is really great. Any turkish restaurant not on top of its game will just not make it and Itsanbul is at the top of its game for sure. They have the usual long menu full of the usual turkish kepabs pides and döner together with some more unusual food. The food is great and not expensive for 10€ you will be full. I can recomned the muhamera to start with and either the Iskender kepbap or Istanbul Karisk a great mixed grill. In the summer they have a great outdoors section but in winter you will often have to queue for a table inside at busy times

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Adrian, Michigan
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“Very nice Turkish restaurant with outdoor seating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

I was staying in Mannheim and read in one of my guides about this restaurant in the Marktplatz. I am a big fan of Turkish cuisine so I decided to give it a try. It was a beautiful sunny early summer day with perfect temperatures so the Markplatz was very busy. As a result, this place was also very busy. The only open table was outside in the sun; all of the inside tables and those outside in the shade were taken. But I was ready for dinner so I eschewed further comforts and placed my order. The service was very good as my waiter was prompt in spite of being busy. I started with pita and hummus as that is always a must with mediterranean cuisine of this type. It was delightfully good. I then got the doner platter with rice and pita. It was excellent though it was way too much. But I enjoyed every bite I was able to eat (I took the rest back to my room for later). In spite of being in a rather intense sun, I enjoyed sipping some coffee at the end of the meal. The Marktplatz atmosphere was enjoyable as it afforded the chance to sit and people watch, which is often relaxing and interesting. The prices at this restaurant were very good for what I got. If you are in downtown Mannheim and like Turkish food, consider stopping at this place.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Crowded for a reason”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

The outdoor seating was completely full, and had to wait a few minutes for an inside table. Crowded for a reason--and that is the excellence of the food. The Istanbul doner was incredible--rich yogurt, perfect garlic flavor, meat was spiced and tender. The saray salad was memorable, good dressing and ingredients, and the meat on top was as good as the Istanbul doner. They were out of baclava and it was so busy that a Turkish coffee would have taken 10 minutes, so we skipped it. It was also busy enough that the service was "interactive", that is, they kept confusing our table with the one next to us, and we had to keep re-directing the servers to put the dishes on the right tables. Despite that, it didn't take long to get the food, and anyway, it is worth a wait. Less than twenty euros for two dishes and one drink--excellent bargain.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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